About the AFSCME Free College Benefit
As a SHARE member, through the AFSCME Free College Benefit, you and your family can now earn an associate degree completely online–for FREE. SHARE leaders learned about this new program when it was announced last week at the AFSCME International Convention.
The benefit is offered through our parent organization, AFSCME, in cooperation with Eastern Gateway Community College, to provide members and their families “the chance to earn an online degree from an accredited school with no out-of-pocket expense.” The program is open to active and retired AFSCME members, their children, and dependents.
The degree programs are currently limited to Associate of Business Management, Associate of Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, and Associate of Arts (which can be used to progress into baccalaureate programs including psychology, sociology, English, history, fine arts, and communications).
The program is designed to welcome traditional as well as non-traditional students, including those who have been out of school for a long time, and to be flexible, allowing participants to work while earning their degree. And the degrees are designed to parallel the first two years of related Bachelor's Degree programs to make the coursework transferable.
If you receive mailings to your home from AFSCME, including the "AFSCME Works" magazine, you can find that number on the address label. Your ID number will look something like this. [Hot tip: keep that number handy for other union-related offerings!]
The application process involves submitting a simple application form, along with a completed FAFSA form, and school transcripts. Applicants are required to include their AFSCME member number. Although SHARE does not receive information about member numbers, we will be happy to help you find out yours. Just call the SHARE office at 508-929-4020.